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Teen Depression

Depression in teens can look very different from depression in adults.  The following symptoms of depression are more common in teenagers than in their adult counterparts. Irritable or angry mood – As noted above, irritability, rather than sadness, is often the predominant mood in depressed teens.  A depressed teenager may be grumpy, hostile, easily frustrated, or prone to angry outbursts. Unexplained aches and pains – Depressed teens frequently complain about physical ailments such as headaches or stomachaches.  If a thorough physical exam does not reveal a medical cause, these aches and pains may indicate depression. Extreme sensitivity to criticism – Depressed teens are plagued by feelings of worthlessness, making them extremely vulnerable to criticism, rejection, and failure.  This is a particular problem for “over-achievers.” Withdrawing from some,...

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